Maurice Samuels

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Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French & Chair
82-90 Wall St, Rm 326


A.B., Harvard, 1990, summa cum laude

A.M., Harvard, 1995

Ph.D., Harvard, 2000

Before arriving at Yale in 2006, Maurice Samuels taught at the University of Pennsylvania.  He specializes in the literature and culture of nineteenth-century France and in Jewish Studies.  His first book, The Spectacular Past:  Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France (Cornell UP, 2004), examines new forms of historical representation—including panoramas, boulevard theater, and the novel—in post-Revolutionary France.  It won the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize given by Yale’s MacMillan Center.  His second book, Inventing the Israelite:  Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France (Stanford UP, 2010), brings to light the first Jewish fiction writers in French.  It won the Scaglione Prize, given by the Modern Language Association for the best book in French studies.  He co-edited a Nineteenth-Century Jewish Literature Reader (Stanford UP, 2013) and editedLes grands auteurs de la littérature juive au XIXe siècle (Éditions Hermann, 2015). He has published articles on diverse topics, including romanticism and realism, aesthetic theory, representations of the Crimean War, and boulevard culture. His new book, The Right to Difference:  French Universalism and the Jews, will be published by The University of Chicago Press in 2016. He is also the director of the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism.